A Case Against Buying Trademarked Domains
Published on by Chip Herndon
During the .dev domain launch, I bought a series of domains that would be of interest to large development-related companies, one of which being autodesk.dev. Later I realized that this was a bad idea and I want to share my experiences in this post.
This email although not all that threatening was unsettling, the company offered no compensation and was quite clear there would be trouble if I was not willing to give up the domain.
I released the domain on June 1, as promised and I believe Autodesk was unable to regain control of the domain as someone else seems to have registered it before them. During this correspondence, I reached out to a trademark attorney and he informed me that a court of law would not be kind to me if it made it there. I have a few more domains of this nature and have not yet been contacted by the respective companies. I will use this experience as a way to learn from it in the future.
In summary, my main mistakes were putting it up for sale, letting the company contact me without contacting them first, and giving the release date instead of making another request for compensation.